Doctor Who: New series, new species part 59

Finally catching up on the latest series – though half of it’s still on my DVR, but hey there’s plenty of time till Christmas anyway!

Sentient Oil

A typically vague Who monster. I mean this ‘oil’ is sentient, can acquire a pilot, shapeshift, take a blast from a Dalek and chase the Doctor across time. I’d hat to see what the actual starship was like – it seems way more advanced than the TARDIS itself, but no one seemed too curious about that!!

Sentient oil was left by an advanced ship which landed on 21st century Earth. Lacking directive the oil consumed a student named Heather who had a desire to leave and filled to role of Pilot. Due to Heather’s attachment to Bill the oil pursued her across time and space until they could let each other go. 

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Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer

Apologies if, like me, you tend to treat these official reveals as spoilers but what my eyes have seen they cannot now unsee so I’m blogging it!!

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The Sienar/Jaemus TIE/VN is the ship used by Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi.

The design keeps to the George Lucas’ 3 second rule in which you can tell what it is in 3 seconds. The Interceptor wings let you know it’s a fighter and the angular red cockpit is very reminiscent of the Upsilon shuttle so even if they hadn’t revealed it on StarWars.com you’d know by looking at it that it was Kylo’s.

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My only criticism is that the wings are exactly like those of an Interceptor, I’d have preferred it if they maybe angled back a bit more or something but I think the overall shape of the ship has changed enough, making it seem part personal shuttle as well as fighter and I’m giddy over the return of A-Wings which haven’t changed at all so this will do fine!

Can’t wait to see Kylo travelling in this!

 

The New Doctor

 

I’m gonna be really controversial here and say that my reaction is…meh!

They’ve been dropping some serious hints back from Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor through to the Master regenerating as female and a Timelord changing from male to female in front of our eyes plus Capaldi was always advocating a female replacement.

Frankly I’d have been more surprised if they didn’t do it.

I know the internet has been alight, people are saying it’s just to be PC. My hope is that they’ve done it to be interesting, which is something the series could do with. My reaction is meh because I just don’t feel as invested in the series as I used to be. It’s still fun to watch but not the Saturday night must-watch it has been – half of the current series is still backed up on my DVR so maybe they could do with a radical change.

We shall see

 

Symbols (2)

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Continuing this series I’ll look at the symbols of the various orders acive in the Crusades, you know, the symbols on flags you spent hours running around collecting…oh, no,  just me then?

Knights Teutonic

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Like most of the Knights of the Crusdades the Teutonic Order adopted the Cross as their symbol, mounting a black cross on a white backdrop. The Knights were identifiable by a simple black cross marked on their white robes.

Knights Hospitalier

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Probably one of the coolest symbols for me as I went to Malta, where the order had it’s base of operations for centuries and the symbol was very prevalent across the islands. Even though Malta played no part in the game it’s cool to have a real connection to that story through it’s history. Even cooler was visiting Monterrigioni and Tiber Island in Italy!!

Jerusalem Cross

The Kingdom of Jerusalem was an attempt during the crusades to create a permanent state in and around Jerusalem for pilgrims to the holy city. The state lasted nearly two centuries but ultimately failed.

King Richard

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One of the most iconic English symbols are the three lions of Richard the Lionheart, still seen today on the England football strip among other places.

Saracens

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Yes, this is the flag of Turkey, but it’s the closest representation of the in-game flag I could find. The crescent and star are depicted in medieval images and texts as being the banner of some Saracen factions during the crusades and has been in use in various forms since the 2nd century.

That’s it, my knowledge of the period is cursory at best and I tried to give a basic impression rather than a full history – if there are any glaring errors or omissions leave a comment and I’ll fix ’em

Next time I’ll cover the mysterious symbols on the Abstergo walls

Marvel’s Inhumans: Trailer #1

 

Still not sure what happened to the movie but this series looks really good!!

They’ve stated it’s a standalone series but given that Inhumans are a big part of Agents of SHIELD I’d really like for there to be some form of crossover even if it’s just a cameo appearance.